Last week, a tragic escalator accident resulted in a 2-year-old boy losing his finger and part of another one. The incident, which happened in a northwestern state, is not very common; however, it does serve as a reminder to parents in New York and elsewhere to always watch their children carefully around escalators and to inform children of safe escalator etiquette.
In fact, the National Elevator Industry includes some important safety recommendations on its Internet page. The NEI, for example, says that parents should always hold their children firmly during an escalator ride. Parents are alternatively instructed to hold their children's hands to prevent them from getting caught in the moving escalator parts. Also, parents should never under any circumstance try to run up an escalator that is moving in the opposite direction.